Cardiff City have asked Manchester United about the possibility of signing Wilfried Zaha on loan in January.

The winger has played only one competitive fixture since joining Manchester United in the summer and David Moyes admitted this week that he is considering letting him go out on loan to get regular game time.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay is keen on the former Crystal Palace player and a senior source at the club has told Sportsmail that an approach has already been made.

A January move could represent Zaha’s last chance to force his way into the England reckoning ahead of the World Cup.

Having inspired Palace’s promotion last season the 20-year-old has so far failed to break through at Manchester United, not making a single appearance in the Barclays Premier League.

His impressive 77-minute outing against Norwich in United’s 4-0 Capital One Cup win on Tuesday was his first senior game for the Champions since he played an hour of the Community Shield victory over Wigan.

He won his second England cap against Scotland in August, but his prospects of being in the squad for Brazil seem bleak if he does not get more playing time. Moyes admitted: ‘We have to try to make sure he gets some playing time.